Homosexuality is one of the most relevant social issues of our day. And as Christians, how should we respond? What is biblical sexuality? What does Scripture say about it? Is it nature or nurture? Dr. Christopher Yuan and his parents will address these questions through their personal stories over the course of the weekend.
Where: Open Door Presbyterian Church
When: Friday, September 9 - Sunday, September 11
(Please see the schedule below)
Questions? Contact the church office.
Questions about the schedule or any of the weekend's events? Please contact the church office.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
8:00P -- Main Building Sanctuary
Out of a Far Country Dr. Christopher and his parents, Dr. Leon and Angela, share about how to endure the years with a prodigal and define biblical sexuality. The Yuans experienced years of heartbreak, confusion, and prayer before they found a place of complete surrender, which is God's desire for all families. Their amazing story, told from the perspectives of father, mother and son, offers hope for anyone going through the trials of life.
Korean subtitles will be shown throughout the Yuans testimony. This session is open to the public.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
9:00A -- Worship Center Sanctuary
Homosexuality: Texts and Hermeneutics There are six passages in Scripture which touch on the issue of homosexuality. Traditional interpretation of these texts condemns any sex outside of marriage between a husband and wife. And yet some claim that the Bible does not condemn homosexuality. So what does the Bible really say? With a solid background in biblical exegesis - knowing both Hebrew and Greek - Dr. Christopher Yuan presents and analyzes the gay-affirming interpretations of Old Testament and New Testament passages on homosexuality with clarity and compassion.
Homosexuality: Nature or Nurture? Are there root causes of homosexuality? Are people born gay? There are two camps: nature (biological) and nurture (environmental). Both claim to be right with science to back them up. With his background in the health sciences, Dr. Christopher Yuan reviews the scientific studies related to etiology of sexual orientation. But more importantly, he helps to show how causation and sexuality are better understood in light of biblical anthropology.
A light breakfast will be available with a brief break between the two topics. A Q&A will conclude the event. These sessions are in English only and are open to the public.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
9:45A and 11:45A Services -- Worship Center Sanctuary
Holy Sexuality Dr. Christopher Yuan articulates a biblical view of sexuality through the narrative of his personal transformation from an agnostic gay man to a Bible professor. Not only does God turn his unbelief into belief, but God also frees him from the bondage of drugs and promiscuity. This inspirational story of redemption and grace transcends the topic of sexual identity touching on issues such as drug addiction, promiscuity, incarceration and HIV.
A Christian Response to Homosexuality Homosexuality is one of the most relevant issues of our day. How should Christians respond to homosexuality and more importantly those in the LGBT community? Most of us know somebody who is gay. How do we minister to those affected by homosexuality? Without any compromise of truth or grace, Dr. Christopher Yuan combines his life experiences with his training in the Bible to its original languages to bring a fresh and unique perspective on this sensitive issue.
Christopher and his parents will be speaking during our Sunday services. Both topics will be shared at both services with each service being identical to the other. A Q&A follows the conclusion of the 11:45A service. Our services and Q&A are in English only and open to the public.
Dr. Christopher Yuan teaches the Bible at Moody Bible Institute and his speaking ministry on faith and sexuality has reached five continents. Christopher graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 2005, Wheaton College Graduate School in 2007 with a Master of Arts in Biblical Exegesis and received his doctorate of ministry in 2014 from Bethel Seminary.
Dr. Leon and Angela Yuan have experienced much heartache due to a prodigal son who embraced homosexuality. But, God has given the grace to rely upon His power to change the unchangeable and focus upon their own daily renewal and transformation.